Indian Motorcycle Is Coming for Harley-Davidson’s Throne

first_imgAmerica’s best-known motorcycle brand is having trouble at home. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. sales are down to the lowest levels in years, and the company’s stock has fallen about 13 percent so far in 2018. The Milwaukee-based bike builder is shuttering a factory in Kansas City as forecasts for 2018 predict continued declines. International sales have fared better, but possible steel and aluminum tariffs threaten to rock the manufacturer overseas.The underlying problem that has plagued Harley for years is the slow demise of its core rider group—the bandana-clad riders rolling through curvy backwood highways, traveling in packs from bar to bar across America. They’re getting older, and younger riders are opting for snappier, sportier, and cheaper bikes. Harley is hoping to right the ship with some help from its recently-announced electric motorcycle, the production bike that will result from the LiveWire prototype unveiled in 2014. But it remains to be seen if the sporty electric two-wheeler will have broader appeal.Read it at Popular Mechanica Related Itemslast_img read more

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Australian High Commission Warns People About New Visa Scam in Delhi

first_imgThe Australian High Commission in New Delhi has warned people about a new visa scam, allegedly perpetrated by an employment agency operating in South-West Delhi. The high commission has asked visa aspirants to exercise caution after it was approached by over 50 people, who claimed to have paid lakhs of rupees to the agency for obtaining a work visa for Australia, only to come to know later that they were duped in yet another visa scam.Cautioning the visa applicants, the Australian High Commission said that they should conduct thorough checking whenever they come across a visa agency offering a job in Australia. It also asked people to refer directly to the information published on the official Home Affairs website, www.homeaffairs.gov.au, instead of becoming a victim to visa fraud.“Australia does not have a work visa program of the sort being promoted by the scammers — our Temporary Skills Shortage work visa is run only with approved sponsors, and only for applicants with specific skills in demand in Australia,” a spokesperson from the Australian High Commission said in a statement.The High Commission also said on its official website that the agency at the center of the fraud took money from the applicants for job placement and visa lodging, as well as medical examination fee. The medical center in South Delhi, allotted by the agency for these medical examinations, was not associated with Australia’s approved panel of physicians.“Some of the recent victims have said that they paid up to Rs 50,000 just for a non-existent airfare and a medical check with an unauthorized clinic, in addition to all the other fees they have been charged,” the spokesperson added.The statement added that the agency sometimes gave fake job offers using the names of well-known and genuine companies in Australia.The agency even provided applicants a fake visa grant notice, which was linked to a non-genuine visa checking service on a fake website.“We have seen clones of our website before but the newest versions link to a fake visa checking site that only contains the visa details concocted by the agent. This may look convincing to someone who is wanting proof the agent is not duping them – but actually, it is still all fake,” the statement said.The High Commission has advised visa fraud victims to report their experiences to law enforcement agencies and seek help.“We work with website hosts to take down fake websites but the scammers often start up again with a different site. We encourage victims of this and other scams to promptly report this illegal activity to local authorities,” it said. Related ItemsAustraliavisa fraudlast_img read more

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Patrick Hickey steps down from IOC executive board,Patrick Hickey steps down from IOC executive board

first_imgSHARE September 10, 2017 COMMENT sport SHARE SHARE EMAIL Scandal-tainted Olympic official Patrick Hickey has resigned his position on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board with immediate effect, it was confirmed.An IOC spokesperson told AFP that the 72-year-old Irish Olympic official, who was arrested at the Rio Olympics last year in connection with a ticket scandal, had vacated his position on the IOC’s top committee. “Mr Patrick Hickey has informed the IOC of his resignation as a member of the IOC Executive Board ‘with immediate effect,’” the spokesperson said. “This now vacant post will be filled by election during the forthcoming IOC Session in Lima.”Hickey was detained by Brazilian police in a dramatic raid at his hotel last year wearing only a bathrobe. He was held in connection with an an illegal ticket sales scheme.Hickey, who has been allowed to return to Ireland, denies any wrongdoing but has been formally charged, along with nine others, on counts that include ticket-touting (scalping), ambush marketing, theft, tax evasion, money-laundering and criminal association.The IOC said Hickey had resigned from the executive board “to protect the IOC and to ensure that the interests of the National Olympic Committees are represented on the Executive Board.”“He also reiterated his innocence in respect of all charges and confirmed that he hopes to exercise his functions as an IOC member in the future,” the spokesperson added.Hickey had already suspended himself from all other IOC functions. “However, the IOC reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails,” the spokesperson added.The IOC is gathering in Lima next week to confirm the hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic games. Published on Hickey was detained by Brazilian police last year in connection with an an illegal ticket sales scheme. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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With Antetokounmpo Sidelined, Bucks beat Bulls 117-106

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 22 points, and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 117-106 Monday night without All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.While the Greek Freak sat out with a sore right knee, the Bucks overcame a sluggish start to pick up their 17th win in 19 games.The Bucks used a huge second quarter to grab a nine-point lead after falling behind by 14. That propelled them to their eighth straight road win — their best streak since a nine-game run during the 1981-82 season.Brogdon hit four 3-pointers. Middleton nailed three from beyond the arc. Nikola Mirotic scored 13, and the Bucks moved a season-high 32 games over .500.Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez each scored 26 for Chicago. But the Bulls’ season-high three-game win streak came to an end.It was the ninth straight 20-point game for Markkanen, who scored a career-best 35 against Boston on Saturday.Lopez had his highest scoring game of the season. But Zach LaVine finished with 11 coming off a career-high 42-point game.The Bucks trailed by 14 late in the first quarter, only to outscore Chicago 38-16 in the second to grab a 63-54 halftime lead.Brogdon had nine points in a 16-2 run to start the period as Milwaukee erased a 13-point deficit. Middleton scored 12 over the final 4:07, including a step-back 3 in the closing seconds to send Milwaukee to the locker room up by nine. And the Bucks never really were threatened after that.TIP-INSBucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo worked out Monday and the Bucks are “hopeful” his absence is “very short term.” The Greek Freak is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, putting him among the league’s top 10 in both categories. … The Bucks were also missing guards George Hill (strained left groin) and Sterling Brown (right wrist). Budenholzer said Hill likely will be out at least a few games. … Milwaukee signed G Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract and recalled F Christian Wood from the G League’s Wisconsin Herd. … The Bucks completed a four-game sweep against Chicago this season.Bulls: G Kris Dunn (migraine) and F Otto Porter Jr. (strained lower left leg) missed the game. Coach Jim Boylen said he thinks Porter “will for sure” travel with the team to Memphis on Tuesday, though he was less certain about Dunn. … The Bulls are scheduled to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis on Tuesday.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday.Bulls: Visit Memphis on Wednesday.___By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Solving the problem of Flash memory density

first_imgHow improved die-stacking technology reduces pin count, board footprint and system complexity The direction and force of consumer demand is relentless: buyers of mobile and computing devices are constantly looking for products that offer more features and better performance in a smaller, lighter, sleeker form factor. Applications that once would have required a laptop have migrated to the smartphone. Now smart watches are supporting applications that were previously performed only on smartphones. By K. C. Shekar, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Takehiro Kaminaga, Assistant Professional Manager Winbond Electronics Corporation When product designers are evaluating new ways to meet this constant demand for miniaturization, system storage is one of their top priorities: serial NOR Flash memory (typically used for storing code) and serial NAND Flash memory (typically used for data storage and as a back-up location for code) occupy a relatively large proportion of the total board real estate in many space-constrained designs.Winbond, which produces around 30% of the world’s serial NOR and serial NAND Flash ICs has previously helped to address this problem through its invention of the Quad Serial Peripheral Interface (QSPI) – a high-bandwidth version of the standard serial peripheral interface that enables very high-speed Read/Write operations to take place between a Flash memory and a host System-on-Chip (SoC), microprocessor or microcontroller. Supporting data rates comparable to those achievable with parallel Flash but using far fewer channels and smaller packages, Winbond’s QSPI innovation was an important step in the miniaturization of the memory system’s board footprint.But more recently serial Flash manufacturers have adopted an additional way to increase memory capacity while reducing footprint: stacking Flash memory dies inside a single package.This article outlines the impacts of replacing two or more discrete Flash memory ICs with a single stacked-die package, and describes a new approach to die stacking developed by Winbond that gives improved performance and a reduction in pin count and board footprint compared to alternative solutions.The benefits of stacking memory dies A typical Flash memory use case in a small device design might consist of a 16Mbit serial NOR Flash device for code storage, and a 1Gbit serial NAND Flash device for data and a Linux® operating system. NOR Flash offers superior random access performance and excellent endurance and retention, important features for storing code that is read very frequently. NAND Flash offers faster programming, and is markedly cheaper than NOR Flash at densities greater than 512Mbits. Latency in Read operations is longer, but this is acceptable for data that is infrequently accessed.Typically, then, system designs today have to accommodate on the board two Flash memory packages, each with its own interface to an SoC. In this use case, the use of a stacked-die package offers an immediate reduction in board footprint (see Figure 1). In a heterogeneous package, a smaller NOR Flash die may be stacked on top of a larger NAND Flash die.Fig. 1: a smaller NOR Flash die is stacked on top of a larger NAND Flash die. The dies and bond wires may be mounted to a leadframe or substrate. (Image credit: Winbond) It is equally possible to benefit from the use of a homogeneous stacked solution, in which a NOR die is stacked on a NOR die or a NAND on a NAND. For instance, if an existing product design using a 512Mbit NAND Flash IC requires additional data storage capacity, the conventional approach would be to replace the 512Mbit IC with a 1Gbit device. But if the 1Gbit device has a different footprint and pin-out, this change will entail some time-consuming board re-design.A homogeneous stacked package can eliminate the need for a board re-design: a 512Mbit die stacked on top of a 512Mbit die can be housed in the same package with the same pin-out as the single-die 512Mbit IC, allowing the designer to double memory capacity instantly with no requirement for a board re-spin. These benefits – reduced board footprint and reduced development effort – are inherent to any implementation of the stacked-die concept.But now Winbond has introduced a new approach to the stacking of Flash dies which provides an even greater reduction in board footprint while also offering improved Read/Write performance.Low pin-count stacking One of the main challenges in implementing a stacked-die product is the provision of interfaces between the SoC or microcontroller and the two (or more) dies inside the Flash memory package. To avoid contention on the SPI bus, the SoC uses a Chip Select (CS) command which tells the stacked package which die it wishes to interface to.In other stacked memory solutions, this CS function is implemented in hardware over dedicated CS lines – one CS line to each die. So in a package containing two dies, there will be two CS lines, for three dies there are three CS lines and so on.  Clearly this has the unfortunate effect both of requiring more pins on the memory device and on the SoC, and more traces on the board.Fig. 2: implementing the Chip Select function in software requires only one CS pin. (Image credit: Winbond) In the latest W25M SpiStack® Flash memory products from Winbond, this problem is solved by use of a software Chip Select function which operates over a single CS channel between the memory device and the SoC (see Figure 2). Each die in a SpiStack package has a unique ID, and a simple Chip Select command using the relevant ID tells all the dies in the package which one is to occupy the SPI bus.This software CS function operates via just a single CS pin on the memory device and on the SoC, and requires only one board trace between them. This reduction in pin count enables Winbond to accommodate two, three or even four dies in a standard 8-pin SOP or 8-pad SON package, whereas other stacked-die implementations using a hardware CS function typically use 16-pin SOP or 24-ball BGA packages which entail a much larger and more complex board design (see Figure 3).Fig. 3: multiple dies in a SpiStack device may be accommodated in an 8-pin package. (Image credit: Winbond) It is easy for the designer to integrate the SpiStack CS function into system software. The C2h command is used to select any die in the Flash memory package (see Figure 4). It can be issued at any time to change the active die, regardless of its operating status. Only one selected die is active on the SPI bus at any one time. Fig. 4: the C2h Chip Select command uses a unique ID for each die in a SpiStack multi-chip package. (Image credit: Winbond) Faster Read/Write operations It is an inherent attribute of Flash memory technology that programming operations are relatively slow by comparison with other technologies such as SRAM and DRAM. When using a single-die Flash IC, then, it often happens that the system needs to read from memory while a long Write operation is still in progress. The controller then has to issue a command to suspend writing, read out from the memory, and then issue another command to resume writing. This makes use of the Flash device complex, and slows both the Read and Write operations.Winbond’s introduction of a new concurrent operation feature in its SpiStack products removes this bottleneck. Put simply, concurrent operation enables the SoC to maintain Write or Erase operations on one die in a SpiStack product while reading from another die (see Figure 5).Fig. 5: in a two-die SpiStack device, one die can occupy the SPI bus while another performs program or erase functions. (Image credit: Winbond) As we saw above, only one die can access the SPI bus at any one time. But a SpiStack device can concurrently read while programming, read while erasing, program while erasing or program or erase on multiple dies simultaneously.In many applications, this support for concurrent memory operations provides for substantial increases in operating speeds. It means that a SpiStack device has the potential to operate faster than any comparable device operating in sequential mode only.Many homogeneous and heterogeneous choices SpiStack multi-die packages are available in a wide variety of package types and densities, in both heterogeneous (NOR + NAND) and homogeneous (NOR + NOR, NAND + NAND) configurations. An advantage of Winbond’s position as the world’s biggest manufacturer of serial Flash is that it provides system designers with the widest choice of memory densities and package options.Users therefore enjoy considerable design flexibility, benefiting from the freedom to swap devices with a common footprint and pin-out to meet changing memory density requirements.SpiStack devices available today include:a 16Mbit NOR + 1Gbit NANDa 512Mbit NOR consisting of two 256Mbit NOR diesa 2Gbit NAND consisting of two 1Gbit NAND diesWinbond’s SpiStack roadmap shows many other options becoming available during 2017, or on customer request.For more product information, please visit Winbond SpiStack Flash Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Arrow to integrate Basler vision technology into its SoMs and development boards portfolioNext Kontron showcases TSN starterkit at embedded world 2018last_img read more

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VadaTech: 3U VPX Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA board for health management

first_img Continue Reading Previous Socionext’ s automotive and imaging technologies on show at electronicaNext A.R. Bayer DSP Systeme: new features in Corelis’ ScanExpress software version 9.0 VadaTech announces the VPX570, a low-latency RF ADC/DAC module with ADC supporting rates up to 5.4 GSPS and a DAC supporting rates up to 6 GSPS, both at 12 bits. The EV12DS460A and EV12AS350A both have parallel interfaces to the FPGA, avoiding latency associated with serializing/deserializing data. The XCVU13P FPGA has a large 360 Mb on-chip UltraRAM which, with the ADC and DAC selection, makes this module ideal for low-latency applications such as DRFM, radar simulators and smart jammers.The FPGA interfaces directly to rear I/O via SERDES and LVDS, supporting PCIe, SRIO, GbE/10GbE/40GbE or Aurora backplane connections. General purpose I/O signals, e.g. for trigger, are routed to the front panel that also contains 8 LED/Bi-color. ADC and DAC have a common sampling clock, which can be fed from front panel (Direct RF Clock) or from PLL locked to a 10/100 MHz reference clock sourced from front panel or backplane. Sampling clock selection is by ordering option. The VPX570 includes platform health management/monitoring capability using VadaTech’s field-proven tier 2 platform management software.  An on-board management controller has the ability to access board sensors and manage FPGA image updates.The unit is also available in a range of temperature and shock/vib specifications per ANSI/VITA 47, up to V3 and OS2.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission

first_imgThe Central Information Commission on Monday brought the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the RTI (Right to Information) Act.The commission, which is the top appellate body in RTI matters, went through the laws and orders of the Supreme Court, the Law Commission of India report, submissions of the Central Public Information Officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to come to a conclusion that the characteristics of the BCCI fulfill the required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.”The SC has also reaffirmed that the BCCI is the approved’ national-level body holding virtually monopoly rights to organise cricketing events in the country,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said in a 37-page long order.He directed the president, secretary and Committee of Administrators to designate deserving officers as central public information officers, central assistant public information officers and first appellate authorities as required under the law.Acharyulu also directed the BCCI to put in place, within 15 days, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act.The matter came before him as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports did not give a satisfactory response to an RTI applicant, Geeta Rani, who had sought to know the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI has been representing India and selecting players for the country.The BCCI should be listed as a NSF covered under the RTI Act. The RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations, provided they fulfill the criteria applicable to the BCCI, as discussed in the Law Commission’s report, he said.advertisementThe Central Information Commission on Monday has brought the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the RTI (Right to Information) Act.The commission, top appellate body in RTI matters, went through the laws and orders of the Supreme Court, the Law Commission of India report, submissions of the Central Public Information Officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to come to a conclusion that the characteristics of the BCCI fulfill the required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.”The SC has also reaffirmed that the BCCI is the approved’ national-level body holding virtually monopoly rights to organize cricketing events in the country,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said in a 37-page long order.He directed the president, secretary and Committee of Administrators to designate deserving officers as central public information officers, central assistant public information officers and first appellate authorities as required under the law.Acharyulu also directed the BCCI to put in place, within 15 days, online and offline mechanisms to receive applications for information under the RTI Act.The matter came before him as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports did not give a satisfactory response to an RTI applicant, Geeta Rani, who had sought to know the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI has been representing India and selecting players for the country.The BCCI should be listed as a NSF covered under the RTI Act. The RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations, provided they fulfill the criteria applicable to the BCCI, as discussed in the Law Commission’s report, he said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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MS Dhoni has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin: Michael Clarke

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke has heaped praise on MS Dhoni, saying the India wicketkeeper has matured with age and that he has gone from being a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin.Clarke’s comments came after Dhoni became the oldest Indian to win a Man of the Series award in an ODI series. Dhoni hit three fifties on the trot in the three-match series between India and Australia, thereby helping the Asian giants create history on Australian soil.Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 in a tricky chase of 231 in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after a rare failure from captain Virat Kohli. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman stitched an unbeaten 121-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (61*) after coming in to bat at No. 4.Earlier in the week, Dhoni had scored an unbeaten 55 to help India gun down a 299-run target in the must-win second ODI at Adelaide Oval. The 37-year-old was, in fact, criticised for his 96-ball 51 during India’s 34-run defeat in the series opener in Sydney.”He [Dhoni] has gone from a Lamborghini to an Aston Martin. He is still unbelievable. There is an adjustment. He is more experienced now, he knows his game better now,” Clarke told Sony Six after Friday’s ODI.Clarke added: “He acknowledges his partner at the other end more now. When MS Dhoni started, he didn’t need a partner irrelevant of whether his partner got a duck, scored a fifty or a century if they needed 50 off 20 balls, the partner’s job was to get MS Dhoni on strike. Now he knows how important it is for his partner to be able to find that boundary and lead up to MS Dhoni pressing gold. He’s had that in the last two games.”advertisementIndia’s series win sealed with a boundary!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/7Nqy8H47LBcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019Dhoni as important to Kohli as Ricky Ponting was to me: ClarkeClarke also insisted that MS Dhoni is key to India’s chances of doing well at the World Cup and pointed out the importance of the experienced campaigner in guiding captain Virat Kohli.Questions were asked were over Dhoni’s place in the limited-over sides after some ordinary performances with the bat in 2018 wherein he had managed only 275 runs from 20 matches.However, Dhoni always had the backing of captain Kohli and the team management even as the likes of Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik were doing enough to earn themselves World Cup 2019 berths.”It’s a great sign for India cricket. Robin and I were talking about MS Dhoni’s leadership skills and how it helps Virat Kohli out and how important it’s going to be at the World Cup,” Clarke added.”It’s no different from Ricky Ponting. When he stood down as the captain, we all wanted Ricky Ponting to stay around the group because his leadership, his talks about training, his experience helped the team so much and my leadership.”I think MS Dhoni’s role in this team is just as big when he was captain of India. It’s just a little different now.”Also Read | Born to chase: MS Dhoni leaves fans awestruck after MCG masterclassAlso Read | After no fifty in 2018, MS Dhoni has 3 fifties from 3 ODIs in 2019Also Read | Ready to bat anywhere for Team India, says MS DhoniAlso See:last_img read more

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Report: Tampa Bay Interested In Hiring Surprise College Head Coach

first_imgAn interior view of the Tampa bay Buccaneers stadium.Raymond James Stadium scoreboard and pirate ship as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens September 10, 2006 in Tampa. The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 – 0. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in need of a new head coach and the franchise has been linked to a couple of college head coaches early in the search.You can reportedly add another one to the list.Days after reports surfaced linking Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly to the job, another major college football coach has been mentioned. This one is kind of surprising.CBS Sports is reporting that Georgia head coach Kirby Smart could be a candidate for the job.Jason La Canfora had the details.With Saban completing another historic season at Alabama, multiple teams conducting head-coaching searches want to speak to him this week, knowing full well it may be close to impossible to land him. The allure of Saban and his accomplished assistants is significant at a time when many candidates for jobs lack the proven ability to assemble a staff and manage a game and personalities the way he has. In particular, sources said that Tampa Bay’s ownership – still hopeful of making a splash – would be interested in speaking to Georgia coach Kirby Smart, a former Saban assistant.Smart, 43, has been Georgia’s head coach since 2016. He’s 32-10 as the Bulldogs’ head coach, taking the program to the national title game last season.Georgia finished its 2018 season with a disappointing Sugar Bowl loss to Texas.It would be something if he left the college ranks for Tampa Bay.last_img read more

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Me sitting out IPL 2019 matches is a big possibility: Virat Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India ChennaiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 10:58 IST Virat Kohli said players have to smart about managing their workload during IPL 2019. (@RCBTweets Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said it is up to the players to take care of their bodiesKohli said he was very motivated for Saturday’s IPL match against CSKKohli said many people are not aware of the talent of Indian guys in RCBIndia skipper Virat Kohli Friday said he won’t mind sitting out one or two IPL matches to stay fit and fresh for the ICC World Cup, putting the onus on his United Kingdom-bound players to manage their workload.”Yes.. that’s a big possibility. Why not?,” Kohli said when asked if he could sit out a match or two to avoid burnout.”It’s a personal responsibility. It is up to the players to give information on any niggle to the concerned people as soon as possible and work as per plan,” he said.Kohli was speaking on the eve of the Indian Premier League opener between his team Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.”We have told the players to be smart about how they feel on a particular day and then reporting to the physios. If he’s told not to play, then he has to respect that.”With the IPL, which begins Saturday, culminating days before the World Cup, there has been a lot of talk about managing the workload of the players during the next two months.Asked if the workload issue will affect the league, the RCB captain said it will depend on how the players strike a balance.”At the end of the day, I am very motivated to start tomorrow personally. I don’t know how competitive or how relaxed Indian players are going to be during the IPL. Every professional knows how to maintain a balance. Eventually you are playing for a franchise and they have trusted you to do a job for them.advertisement”Till the time you play, you have to give 120 per cent. when you don’t play, you don’t. I don’t believe in playing 75-80 per cent. That’s the mindset I carry. I am sure the guys are going to be smart about it. They are going to choose wisely through the tournament. It is not forced on them. They said we are going to be careful,” he added.Kohli said the talent of his team’s domestic players would be on display when RCB takes on CSK.”Not many people are aware of the strengths of some of the Indian guys we possess in our team. And that’s one area we want to focus on. In the past, the focus was always been on getting strong overseas players,” he said.”This time around, guys from the domestic circuit are really confident. Tomorrow you will see the kind of bowling options and depth we carry.RCB haven’t beaten CSK since 2014 but Kohli made it clear that he doesn’t believe in rivalries and head-to-head records.”I don’t believe in head to head and rivalries. In T20 it is anyone’s game really. Some teams we have done really well against. Some teams like CSK we haven’t won in the last six games,” he said.”It is no like you focus only on playing those teams and not focus on teams you have lost against. Opposition this year doesn’t matter for us. It is the vision we have and kind of cricket we want to play as a side and we will focus on that,” he added.Also Read | I don’t care about being judged for not winning the IPL, says Virat KohliAlso Read | One man doesn’t win the IPL: Fleming disagrees with Gambhir’s comment on Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Onus on Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers as RCB seek to end 5-year drought vs CSKFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Indian cricket team Me sitting out IPL 2019 matches is a big possibility: Virat KohliIPL 2019: Virat Kohli said that to avoid burnout ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup, there’s a big possibility that he will sit out of a couple of matches during the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 4, 2019 08:20 IST HIGHLIGHTSSubscribers can even go on to win a month’s free subscription.The game requires subscribers to predict winning cricket teams.Subscribers will need to tune into channel number 608 hosting Dish TV’s Dishkiyaon app.The cricket season is upon us and most DTH, as well as cable TV operators, are trying their best to cash in on the opportunity. Most DTH operators are coming up with several cricket-special channel packs with the maximum number of sports channels to appease to sports fans. Most of these packs are coming across as more cost-effective solutions when compared to the TRAI-induced a-la-carte channel packs. However, in order to gain an edge over its rivals, Dish TV is now coming up with a clever way to keep its subscribers engaged and even gain more subscribers.For the cricket World Cup season, Dish TV has introduced a new game that will reward its subscribers with free recharges. Subscribers can even go on to win a month’s free subscription. The game requires subscribers to predict the teams that will win a particular cricket match and those with right answers will win free recharges. Those subscribers who win five consecutive rounds will be eligible for winning a month’s free subscription.In order to take part in this game, subscribers will need to tune into channel number 608 hosting Dish TV’s Dishkiyaon app. The service will be active during the cricket matches and subscribers will be required to predict the winning team in that match. Each of the options will have a unique number. The subscriber needs to dial the number of the predicted option and leave a missed call from the registered mobile number.Do note that the Dishkiyaon app will only allow a limited time for players to participate and register their reply. If the prediction turns out to be true, then consumers win free recharges. For five correct predictions, Dish TV will reward with a month’s free subscription.advertisementThe latest move by Dish TV is an effort to draw in more subscribers to the service as well as retain existing subscribers. Although Dish TV isn’t the only one doing it right now, it could surely help the operator to balance the books that were put in jeopardy a few months ago with the adoption of the new DTH regulations.Currently, Dish TV is offering four sports channel packs to cricket fans. The Bharat Cricket pack costs Rs 147 and comes with 191 channels as well as services. The Maxi Sports pack comes for Rs 326 and offers 213 channels as well as services. The Super Sports pack includes all sports channels, making a total of 225 channels and comes for Rs 385.ALSO READ | New DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming servicesALSO READ | Tata Sky changes prices for its regional channel packs: Price, channel list and all you need to knowALSO READ | Soon, you may no more need to buy a Set Top Box while changing your DTH connectionGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow Dish TVFollow DTHFollow Cricket New Dish TV game gives free monthly subscription, requires predicting winning cricket teams Dish TV is letting cricket world cup fans win free monthly subscription this cricket season. Subscribers need to play a simple guessing game in order to win free subscriptions. advertisementlast_img read more

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Calgary Flames coowner helped pay ransom to free hostage Amanda Lindhout

first_imgCALGARY – A Calgary businessman and philanthropist says he paid roughly $750,000 to help free kidnapped journalist Amanda Lindhout in Somalia.Allan Markin, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames, says he didn’t know Lindhout when she was taken hostage in 2008.But the 73-year-old says he believes in helping people.Lindhout and Markin both spoke at a fundraiser last weekend for the Mustard Seed charity, and she surprised Markin by divulging to the crowd that he had saved her life.Lindhout had not publicly revealed before who paid the ransom for her release.She was working as a freelance journalist near Mogadishu when she and an Australian photographer, Nigel Brennan, were taken by armed men.last_img

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Treaty 8 gears for battle with Alberta over ignored Treaty rights

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nations groups from the Treaty 8 area in north-eastern Alberta say the province’s new land use plan violates their Treaty rights.First Nations from the area say they will take action.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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Canada Goose shares up after betterthanexpected results plans for new stores

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of Canada Goose Holdings Inc. rose more than 30 per cent on Friday after it reported stronger-than-expected earnings and announced plans for three new stores in North America.Canada Goose stock closed up $18.02 at $78.01 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The increase came after the luxury parka maker reported a fourth-quarter profit of $8.1 million or seven cents per diluted share compared with a loss of $23.4 million or 23 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue for the quarter ended March 31 totalled $124.8 million, up from $51.1 million in the same quarter a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, Canada Goose said it earned $9.9 million or nine cents per diluted share.Economists on average had expected a loss of eight cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Canada Goose also announced Friday that it would open new stores in Short Hills, N.J., Montreal and Vancouver this fall as part of its retail expansion plan.The locations are expected to open ahead of the 2018 holiday shopping season.For its full financial year, Canada Goose says it earned $96.1 million or 86 cents per diluted share on $591.2 million in revenue. That compared with a profit of $21.0 million or 21 cents per share on $403.8 million in revenue in the previous year.Companies in this story: (TSX:GOOS)last_img read more

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Coming soon to a Kindle near you magazine subscriptions

first_imgApple‘s iPad has not necessarily been as big of a success for Cupertino as an e-reader as they hoped: the ubiquitous Amazon Kindle platform has steadily trounced iBooks. One exception, though, is when it comes to magazines. The Kindle platform does really well with plain text, since it’s easy to reformat that on the fly for any device capable of running the Kindle software, whether that’s the iPad, an Android phone, a Kindle e-reader or a PC running the Kindle application. The same can’t be said for magazines, though, which are thriving on the iPad as App Store purchases. They can count on every iPad having the exact same screen dimensions and interface. Not so Kindle.AdChoices广告Still, Amazon’s at least trying to change all that by enticing magazine publishers to bring their rags to at least the Kindle series of e-readers. They’re trying to attract these publishers with the tasty 70/30 revenue split: if publishers want to start publishing their magazines for the Kindle, they’ll give 70% of the money directly back. The only drawbacks? Amazon requires all versions of the periodical to work across every Kindle e-reader yet made, in all geographical regions where the publishers has the rights to distribute. Not too onerous, but somehow I doubt it’ll bring publishers flocking to the Kindle: that black-and-white display is just too hard to port a full-color magazine over to. Maybe it’ll all come together with the Kindle Color?Read more at Amazonlast_img read more

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Le déclin de la mémoire avec lâge pourrait être réversible

first_imgLe déclin de la mémoire avec l’âge pourrait être réversibleSelon de récents travaux, une protéine appelée RbAp48 serait impliquée dans le déclin de la mémoire avec l’âge. Cette découverte pourrait ouvrir la voie à de nouveaux traitements potentiellement capables d’inverser la détérioration de la mémoire.Et si l’on parvenait à bloquer ou même inverser le déclin de la mémoire ? C’est l’espoir que crée une étude publiée cette semaine par des chercheurs de l’université Columbia de New York. En effet, ceux-ci ont découvert qu’une carence en RbAp48, une protéine présente dans l’hippocampe, (une région du cerveau) jouerait un rôle fondamental dans la perte de mémoire associée au vieillissement.Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques, emmenés par le Dr Eric Kandel (co-lauréat du prix Nobel de médecine en 2000), ont étudié des cellules cérébrales humaines de personnes décédées et celles de souris. Au départ, les scientifiques estimaient que la perte de la mémoire était un des premiers symptômes de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Mais, en procédant à une analyse génétique de cellules provenant d’une région de l’hippocampe (le gyrus dentelé), ils ont constaté que le gène RbAp48 (qui produit la protéine du même nom) était présent en plus faible quantité chez les personnes les plus âgées. En testant ce même gène chez des souris et en bloquant son activation, ils ont retrouvé les mêmes problèmes de mémoire chez les souriceaux que chez les rongeurs âgés. En revanche, une fois rétabli le fonctionnement de ce gène, la mémoire des jeunes souris est redevenue normale. Mieux, les scientifiques ont augmenté l’expression du gène RbAp48 afin d’accroître son expression dans le cerveau des vieilles souris, lesquelles auraient retrouvé la mémoire de leur jeunesse.Perte de mémoire et Alzheimer, deux maladies distinctes À lire aussiUne application pour lutter contre la dépressionLes chercheurs affirment qu’en traitant la carence de la protéine RbAp48, il est possible de rendre réversible la détérioration de la mémoire. Aussi, cette étude est la plus forte indication à ce jour que la détérioration de la mémoire avec l’âge et la maladie d’Alzheimer sont des pathologies distinctes. La première est réversible en traitant la carence de la protéine en question, tandis que la seconde reste incurable, expliquent les auteurs de l’étude publiée dans la revue Science Transnational Medicine et reprise par l’AFP. “Ces résultats ont des implications potentielles pour le diagnostic et le traitement des troubles de la mémoire”, conclut le Dr Kandel dans un communiqué.Le 30 août 2013 à 12:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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RBI Freezes Salaries Cuts 7 Percent of Workforce

first_imgReed Business Information today said that it has reduced its overall workforce by 7 percent in association with the company-wide reorganization it announced last week. In addition, the publisher has instituted a hiring and salary freeze for 2009.The layoffs and salary freeze are “in response to the impact tough economic conditions,” a spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “If the financial outlook materially improves in subsequent quarters, the company will revisit its decision.”According to the New York Times, one of those laid off is Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson. The RBI spokesperson declined to comment on specific layoffs.Last week, RBI reorganized into market-focused groups: business media, entertainment, construction and BuyerZone, a lead generation business. The reorganization, RBI said, was a result of Chicago division president Jeff Greisch’s announcement that he is leaving the company at the end of the first quarter. A company spokesperson declined to discuss layoffs at the time of the announcement.last_img read more

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Apache Selling Gulf Of Mexico Offshore Interests

first_imgThe oil and gas company exploring the west side of Cook Inlet is getting a cash infusion. Apache is selling off some of its Gulf of Mexico offshore interests to a mining company – Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold – for $1.4 billion.That includes an interest in two projects and eleven exploration lease tracts.last_img

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Saravana Bhavan owner surrenders sent to jail

first_imgChennai/New Delhi : Saravana Bhavan restaurant chain owner P. Rajagopal, who has been convicted and sentenced to a life term in a murder case, was on Tuesday was finally lodged in a jail after he surrendered before an court in Chennai. Rajagopal surrendered hours after the Supreme Court refused to give time for him to surrender in the case of the murder of his employee, Prince Santhakumar. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He came to the Additional Sessions Judge’s court here in an ambulance with an oxygen mask fixed and appeared before the judge in a wheelchair. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to grant any relief to Rajagopal, who sought extension of time to surrender citing medical grounds. The apex court queried Rajagopal’s counsel that if he was so ill, then why did he not mention his illness during the hearings, while declining any relief to him. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Rajagopal, 71, also sought that he be exempted from being sent to jail and his hospitalisation be treated as a deemed jail term. The court did not agree. Rajagopal, founder of the restaurant chain popular in the country and overseas, was sentenced by a sessions court to a 10 year jail term on charges of killing Santhakumar, whose wife he wanted to make his third wife. When the woman refused the proposal, he ordered her husband killed.last_img read more

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FDA Approves Sleep Apnea Implant Treatment

first_img The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment option for patients with moderate to severe central sleep apnea—and it won’t leave you with unsightly CPAP mask marks.The Remedē System is an implantable device that stimulates a nerve in the chest responsible for sending signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing.A common disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while snoozing, sleep apnea leaves patients tired, and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and heart failure.AdChoices广告Aside from various lifestyle changes (weight loss, quitting smoking) or surgery, the prevailing treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which requires a mask be worn on the mouth and nose.But perhaps even worse than sleep apnea itself are the lines and creases covering the wearer’s face the next morning.The Remedē System implant stimulates breathing in sleep apnea patients (via FDA)Enter Remedē System: The battery-powered pulse generator sits under the skin in the upper chest, connected to thin wires threaded through veins near the phrenic nerve. Small electrical stimulus—programmed using an external controller—make the diaphragm muscle contract, causing the user to take a breath.Two modes allow the patient (or, more likely, the physician) to set the system to generate pulses at a fixed rate (asynchronous therapy) or only when it detects a pause in breathing (synchronous therapy).“This implantable device offers patients another treatment option for central sleep apnea,” according to Tina Kiang, acting director of the Division of Anesthesiology, General Hospital, Respiratory, Infection Control, and Dental Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.In a six-month clinical trial of 141 adult patients, more than half of people with the Remedē System reported at least 50 percent reduction in frequency and severity of apnea episodes, versus 11 percent in a control group (sans an active implant).There is no word on the new treatment’s availability or pricing (for reference, CPAP machines range from $200 to upwards of $2,000). It is also unclear whether the implant is be a one-time procedure, or needs to be replaced every so often.The FDA did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsFDA Approves First New Major Depression Drug in Decades Stay on targetlast_img read more

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